Hail Hydra website redirects to the White House

Marvel Comics’ fictitious, fascist villain organization Hydra is having a bad year. Ever since one Captain America comic turned the classic hero into a Hydra agent, affiliating him with neo-Nazism, and a lot of fans have spent months protesting the storyline’s political impact. Some even threatened to boycott comic stores if they promoted Marvel’s Hydra-themed merchandise.

So, if you saw people sharing a website called Hail-Hydra.com on social media, you’d probably assume it’s another doomed Marvel marketing ploy.

Not so much.

If you click through, the URL (which is definitely not an official Marvel link) redirects you to the White House website. It’s the inevitable culmination of all those memes where a Donald Trump leans over and whispers in someone’s ear, “Hail Hydra.”

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor